Friday, April 26, 2013

Fracking Safe, Science Says

Fracking is safe, scientists say

Science, not inflamed rhetoric, should be the basis for discussions, geophysicist says

EAGLE COUNTY — Hydraulic fracturing can be done safely and it'll have to be, because the world will be doing more of it, said Dr. Mark Zoback,

“We cannot stop thinking toward the future just because we have abundant natural gas. If it's a bridge, there has to be something on the other side. And what's on the other side is a carbon free energy future,” Zoback said.
'Fracking' water mixed with sand
If by carbon free, he mean some biomass in the energy mix, where the added energy required to grow it and produce it (fertilizer, harvesting, processing) is somehow produced from other non fossil fuel means (as is common now), then yes, it may happen.  My guess is that biomass will prove too land and  material intensive for the most part to become dominant, and some form of nuclear power will be the long term solution.  Maybe they'll even get fusion.  I've been waiting my whole life for it, now.
He said he appreciates fact-based discussion, but has little use for shriekers and sloganeers.

“Instead of fact-based and intelligent discussions, unfortunately those issues tend to get caught up in those no-fracking bumper stickers. It has become a cause celebre,” Zoback said as a slide of Yoko Ono flashed onto the screen.

“Sometimes it's frustrating to hear hysterical people talk about issues that really don't exist. But that's one of the ways these regulatory improvements occur,” Zoback said.

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